RIZIN FY2017 just started with SAKURA!




Date:2017.4.16 (Sun)
Place:Yokohama Arena
Start:15:00 / End:19:50
URL: http://www.rizinff.com/en/rizin-2017-in-yokohama


RIZIN 2017 in YOKOHAMA –SAKURA- took place on 16th April 2017 at FULL HOUSE of Yokohama Arena. 

“SAKURA” is cherry blossom and famous for its PINK-color, Beauty and Transience. (Sakura is not long life, within 2 to 3 weeks only. Sakura dies fast…) And “Sakura” reminds Japanese people “something to start”, ”something new”… It has a positive image.

RIZIN decided NOT to add NUMBER for the event (like PRIDE.1,PRIDE.2 …) and to add its subtitle. And this time RIZIN sub-titled this event “SAKURA”. Please guess why RIZIN named “SAKURA” for this event.


Former SHOOTO, PRIDE, DREAM and UFC fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri struggled to get win at RIZIN so he strongly wanted to win for this fight. And he had another reason to get win… His gym mate… he is just 20 years old and he was infected with leukemia and couldn’t train with team members. (That’s why Kawajiri prayed for him after his win with microphone.)

Kawajiri took former UFC Fighter Anthony Birchak. Both of fighters made this fight very exciting and Kawajiri won by decision.


Amir Aliakbari who got 2nd place at last grand prix returned and took Geronimo Dos Santos who has 39 MMA wins from Brazil. Amir got crucifix position (Matt Hughes position) and GnP hard many times. Finally Amir won by TKO at 1st round. Fantastic heavy weight fight.


Former UFC Fighter Kyoji Horiguchi showed his remarkable difference to DEEP top fighter Yuki Motoya. It’s sorry to say it… Horiguchi dominated all situation(Punch, Kick, Stand wrestling, Ground fight) thru their fight and Horiguchi won.(After fight the fact was disclosed Motoya got injury (Knee ligament) at 1st round. Unlucky…)


Japanese female star RENA took Dora Perjes with ALL-WIN with submission from Hungary. Dora captured RENA with arm-bar from bottom position quickly in 30 seconds at first round and RENA struggled to escape Dora’s submission. But after escaping it shootboxer RENA used kicks to the body effectively and got TKO at 1 round. Good fight!


18 years genius kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa took Francesco Ghigliotti from Itary (This was his MMA debut fight.) Both Nasukawa and Ghigliotti are kickboxer so the fight went only stand fight. Nasukawa got TKO with only 67 seconds.


Another Japanese female (will be a) star KING REINA took heavy and big pro-wrestler Jazzy Gabert from Germany. When this fight was set Japanese fans said “It’s reckless. See the difference of weight! 15kg!”. But KING REINA replied “It doesn’t matter. I’ll win. I know overseas MMA promoter will offer me soon. So if Japanese promoter offer me, there are no time.” seriously. Actually KING REINA dominated all situation and got arm-bar from big german pro-wrestler!

After the fight she started to talk with Takada-san.

(R)“I could win as I promised.”

(R)“Hey Takada-san! I wanna say something to you. Are you there?”

(T)“Hey REINA! What’s up?”

(R)“If RIZIN will offer me. There are no time. Overseas MMA promoter will offer me soon. KING REINA will go overseas soon~.”

(T)“Please give us a time to think about it. Meeting with CEO Sakakibara-san will be needed!”

(R)“Takada-san said such a thing. But I am I. Please continue to support me as usual.”

(Takada-san bitter-smiled… 😛 )

KING REINA acts like an old pro-wrestler and she has a strong character. It’s her strong point.




RIZIN 2017 in YOKOHAMA –SAKURA- Results.

Main Event (RIZIN MMA Rule/Elbow attacks allowed:10min+5min)
Tatsuya Kawajiri(T-BLOOD) VS Anthony Birchak(10th Planet Tucson/LUTA ELITE MMA)
Kawajiri won by 3-0/Decision.


Semi Final (RIZIN MMA Rule: 10min+5min)
Amir Aliakbari(AKA Thailand) VS Geronimo Dos Santos(Hard Fight)
Amir won by TKO at 1R 3’34”.


9th Fight (RIZIN MMA Rule: 10min+5min)
Kyoji Horiguchi(American Top Team) VS Yuki Motoya(CB IMPACT)
Horiguchi won by 3-0/Decision.


8th Fight (RIZIN MMA Special Rule: 3min x 3R)
RENA(Seaser Gym) VS Dora Perjes(Bardosi Martial Arts Acade)
RENA won by TKO at 1R 2’49”.


7th Fight (RIZIN MMA Special Rule: 3min x 3R)
Tenshin Nasukawa(TARGET) VS Francesco Ghigliotti(Sempre Avanti)
Nasukawa won by TKO at 1R 1’07”.


6th Fight (RIZIN MMA Rule/Elbow attacks allowed:10min+5min)
Satoshi Ishii(Free) VS Heath Herring(Las Vegas Combat Club)
Ishii won by 3-0/Decision.


5th Fight (RIZIN Women’s MMA Special Rule: 5min x 3R)
KING Reina(Free) VS Jazzy Gabert(Free)
Reina won by arm-bar at 2R 4’54”.


4th Fight (RIZIN MMA Rule: 10min+5min)
Daron Cruickshank(Michigan Top Team) VS Yusuke Yachi(KRAZY BEE)
Yachi won by KO at 1R 5’12”.


3rd Fight (RIZIN Women’s MMA Special Rule: 5min x 3R)
Saori Ishioka(Zendo-Kai) VS Bestare Kicaj(360 Martial Arts)
Ishioka won by choke sleeper at 1R 2’11”.


2nd Fight (RIZIN Women’s MMA Special Rule: 5min x 3R)
Kanna Asakura(PARAESTRA Matsudo) VS Aleksandra Toncheva(Desant MMA & BastosBJJ Varna)
Asakura won by 3-0/Decision.


1st Fight (RIZIN MMA Rule: 10min+5min)
Kizaemon Saiga(Reversal Gym Shinjyuku Me,We) VS Seiichiro Ito(Reversal Gym Yokohama Grandslam)
Ito won by 3-0/Decision.